12th round of the 2019/20 “TA Stock Exchange” League: Maccabi hosted FC Ashdod at Sammy Ofer. Maccabi arrived at the match from the second place at the league with 26 points and after four consecutive wins, the latest was just on Sunday against Hadera.
On the other hand, Ashdod was in the 9th place with 12 points. Ashdod’s last match ended in a 0: 0 draw against Hapoel Kfar Saba.
Maccabi’s line-up: Cohen, Mabouka, Sainsbury, Arad, Menachem, Lavi (c), Ashkenazi, Haziza, Chery, Wildschut, Rukavytsya.
2’ Menachem crosses the ball from the left wing, Rukavytsya’s shot goes out.
6’ Sun Menachem shoots a great free kick from 20 meters, but the ball hits the crossbar.
12’ A lovely team work led to a dangerous attack. Chery passes the ball to Ashkenazi, who sends a long ball towards Mabouka, but the latter’s cross is cleared in the last moment.
14’ Wildschut storms down the left flank, passes by his defender and shoots the ball powerfully, but the ball is cleared to another corner kick.
16’ Wildschut delivers a clever ball to Ashkenazi who shoots a flat ball, Ashdod’s keepers collect it.
18’ Haziza crosses the ball from the left wing, Wildschut gets control of it and leaves the ball to Ashkenazi who shoots. Mishpati deflects the ball to a corner kick.
20’ Ashkenazi shoots from outside the box, the ball goes flying above the target.
27’ Nice counterattack by Maccabi. Lavi sends the ball towards Mabouka, who delivers a cross to Haziza, but the midfielder's shot is blocked for another corner.
30’ Wildschut shoots a volley and forces Mishpati to stretch his body.
34’ Mabouka sends the ball to Haziza down the right line. Haziza controls the ball and crosses it to the middle of the box, Ashdod’s defense clears the ball for another corner.
37’ Another team play ends with a shot by Chery from the right edge of the box, the ball goes next to the post and out of play.
40’ Dean David gives the lead to Ashdod, 0:1
45’+1’ End of the first half.
47’ Haziza runs down the left flank, crosses the ball above all the defenders and straight to Wildschut’s head who scores his first goal for Maccabi since his arrival in the summer! 1:1!
58’ Once again, Haziza runs down the left flank and crosses the ball. This time Ashkenazi controls the ball and shoots strongly, to the post and inside the net! 2:1 for Maccabi!
61’ Maccabi is in complete control of the match! Mabouka delivers the ball to Rukavytsya, but his attempt is blocked for another corner.
64’ Ashkenazi tries from outside the box, the ball goes just next to the right post and out of play.
66’ Substitution for Maccabi: Yarden Shua in, Nikita Rukavytysa out.
73’ Substitution for Maccabi: Raz Meir in, Dolev Haziza out.
76’ Azulay levels the score with a penalty kick. 2:2
81’ Substitution for Maccabi: Maxim Plakuschenko in, Sun Menachem out.
86’ Alabi puts Ashdod in front, 2:3
90’ Arad crosses the ball towards Shua, but his header goes straight to Mishpati hands.
90’+2’ A free kick by Plakuschenko reaches Arad who heads the ball into the net! 3:3
90’+5’ Final whistle at Sammy Ofer. 3:3 is the final score between Maccabi and Ashdod.